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Niners at the crossroads

Oh the dynamics of Sunday's Battle of the Bay between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Since their first meeting in 1970, the Bay Bridge rivals have always provided fodder for fans and media when they play. What else would you expect from a pair of proud NFL organizations separated by only 34 miles?

December 09, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Pitman falls short in state final

Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.

December 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Bulldog boys aiming for top CCC finish

Turlock High's boys basketball team has kicked off the 2014 season with a pair of hard-fought wins over Modesto High and McNair High, improving to a 2-0 record by a combined margin of five points. For the Bulldogs, this type of close competition is nothing new.

December 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman headed to State finals

It was a Tuesday-night thriller when Menlo-Atherton High traveled to Pitman High's home court for the CIF Division I Nor Cal finals in a showdown of champions.

December 02, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman set to host NorCal finals for first time in school history

Pitman High's historic season on the volleyball court was extended Saturday night with the Pride's straight-set victory of San Ramon Valley High in their CIF Division I NorCal semifinal match.

December 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Holiday heartbreak: Puttering offense puts 49er playoff hopes in jeopardy

Three points and 164 yards. It's hardly the type of effort one would expect from an NFL team, but that was San Francisco's output against Seattle on Thursday.

November 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Bulldogs back on the mat

Turlock High has dusted off its wrestling gear and is back on the mat for the 2014 winter season. After finishing third in the Central California Conference last year and graduating two state qualifiers, the Bulldogs return with a handful of experienced wrestlers and a crop of fresh faces as they aim to take league and return to state once again.

November 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Three Turlock water polo players named to Fall All-Century Team

The sport of water polo has thrived in Turlock and the rest of the Central Valley since its introduction roughly 40 years ago by the late Steve Feaver.

November 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman onto round two

Four days after winning the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship in one of its hardest matches of the season, Pitman High played Oakland Tech High in what could be argued was its easiest match.

November 25, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


D1 Champions: Pitman volleyball beats Pleasant Grove in five games

Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.

November 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


All-Stars ready to compete

Close to 100 water polo athletes gathered in the waters of the Steve Feaver Aquatics Center last year for the first annual North vs. South High School Senior All-Star Game. The inaugural event featured eight teams and four matches and turned longtime opponents into teammates for one final high school competition.

November 20, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman volleyball headed to championships

Pitman High is headed to the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship match for the first time ever after Tuesday's 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20) victory over St. Francis High of Sacramento.

November 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


First round heartbreak: Turlock falls two points short to Tracy

It was déjà vu for the Bulldogs of Turlock High when they traveled to Tracy High for the first round of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. As was the case when the two Bulldog teams met in week 5, Turlock found itself just two points shy of victory after a failed two-point conversion attempt cemented a final score of 21-19

November 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Turlock FC Stingers win league title

The girls of the Turlock FC Stingers U12 team won their first league title last Sunday with their first place finish in the NorCal Fall League after defeating Merced Atlas.

November 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Pride beat Rams in five

Pitman High was pushed to its limits Thursday night in the second round of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs against St. Mary's High. After uncharacteristically dropping the first set to the Rams, the Pride bounced back and battled to five sets for only the second time all season.

November 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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Turlock, Hilmar golf headed to league championships with sense of security

League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.

April 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Alyssa Stockton signs with CSU Bakersfield

Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.

April 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Two CSUS athletes ready for CCAA Track and Field Championships

The California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships are fast approaching for the Warriors of California State University, Stanislaus with both the Men's and Women's teams preparing for the April 30 competition at San Francisco State University.

April 23, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock tennis sweeps CCC en route to championship

For the second year in a row, Turlock High has finished the Central California Conference season with a perfect record and a league title, a feat that was cemented with an 8-1 win over rival Pitman High at home on Thursday.

April 23, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Four area athletes nominated for Outstanding Athlete Award

The Sportsmen of Stanislaus club has been recognizing athletic achievements in the form of the Outstanding Athlete Award for several decades, celebrating and rewarding athletes from Stanislaus County for their success and ability in their respective sports. Players, coaches, teams and community contributors from all over the county have had the honor to win an OAA award, and tonight, at the 48th annual OAA banquet, four athletes from Turlock have the opportunity to be added to that list.

April 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Derek Carr shares his faith with Turlock

Black jerseys, face paint and an ocean of enthusiasm. These are the calling cards of the Raider Nation, which were on full display when Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr visited Monte Vita Chapel on Monday to share his testimony of faith.

April 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Pitman softball chasing Merced

With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.

April 17, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Turlock Wrestling places 11th at Reno Worlds

The Turlock Wrestling Club marked the end of the Folkstyle season with an 11th place team finish at last weekend's 2015 Flo Reno Worlds Championships. Eight of the club's 28 participating wrestlers placed fifth or better in their respective brackets, including Mason Ontiveros (60) who won gold in the 6U division.

April 16, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Eight local gymnasts shine at State Championships

Gymnastics. It's a sport that receives the bulk of its attention during the Olympics, at least from the average sports fan. But while mainstream focus might only highlight gymnastics in an annual fashion, gymnasts themselves are training year round. - eating, sleeping and living gymnastics.

April 16, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman snatches victory from Turlock

Pitman High hosted rival Turlock High Tuesday afternoon in the second cross-town soccer match of the season. The Bulldogs (7-2-1 CCC) entered the match on a five-game win streak and with a share of first place in the Central California Conference. The Pride (4-4-2 CCC) entered with third-place status in the CCC and the memory of their last meeting with Turlock, a 3-1 loss, fresh in their minds.

April 14, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


'Jackets and Bulldogs finish two, three individually at Pitman Invitational

With the end of the regular season in sight, Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar High golf took a break from the Central California Conference and the Trans Valley League for non-league competition at the Pitman Invitational at the Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson on Monday.

April 14, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock softball goes 2-3 at Napa

Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.

April 10, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Rage 16U wins big in Windy City

This year's 16U Rage Volleyball squad based out of Ripon - a true 15U team that placed second in last year's 14U Junior National Championships - won the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago last weekend with a 9-0 effort that included a straight-set finals win over the Texas Tornadoes.

April 09, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Three 'Jackets take gold at MJC Invite

Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.

April 07, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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